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Eliza Gilkyson on the Landing Pad Stage

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Eliza Gilkyson on the Landing Pad Stage
Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
 
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  • Ticket Price: $22.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Singer / Songwriter
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Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.  The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father.  Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have been used in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. 


Eliza has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the  Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson.  She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in the company of local legends Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.  


Her 2014 release, The Nocturne Diaries, on Red House Records, earned Eliza her second Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Produced by her son Cisco Ryder, it is a restless contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears. Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” from her much-lauded CD Paradise Hotel, was recorded by the internationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe.  The song has become a standard in choir repertory the world over.  Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2005.  Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. In addition to touring in support of solo CD releases, in 2011 and 2012 Eliza and label-mates John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky performed as “Folk Super Trio” Red Horse, a side project whose CD stayed for months at the top of the Folk Music Charts.  Eliza is currently in the studio working on her next recording, Secular Hymns, a collection of non-denominational songs of gratitude, grieving and inspiration, due out in spring of 2017.


Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs (www.sosalliance.org), and she is a board member of Third Coast Activist Resource Center (www.thirdcoastactivist.org) an Austin-based networking center that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.